Secret Search Warrant Obtained by Smith for Trump’s Twitter Account Data

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In January special counsel Jack Smith obtained a secret search warrant directing Twitter, now known as X, to provide data and records related to former President Donald Trump’s account. On August 9, the D.C.  federal appeals court released the decision publicly with sealed information removed. Twitter didn’t comply initially and filed its challenge that the non-disclosure order impermissibly violated its First Amendment right to communicate with its user, President Trump.  Meanwhile, Smith moved to have Twitter held in contempt.  The court sided with Smith and conditionally held Twitter in contempt with only hours to comply to avoid sanctions. Twitter ended up exceeding the time limit to provide the data and was fined $350,000.  The court ruled that the prosecutors had the right to curtail Twitter’s right due to an “unquestionable compelling” interest in pursuing their investigation.